Roar youth beat league leaders

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Brisbane Roar (3) Ferreira 21’, Borrello 28’, 35’
Sydney FC (2) Mallia 52’, Tratt 77’-P.K

Brisbane: Acton, Ferreira, Jackson, Donachie, Lampard, Clut, Litfin, Petratos, Ingham Theodore, Borrello.
Substitutions: Hore for Petratos (46’), Walker for Ferreira (59’), Altundag for Theodore (59’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers.

Sydney FC: Prendergast, Calver, Burgess, Dontiello, Gligor, Petkovski, Taneski, Cajon, Tomleic, Tratt, Mallia.
Subs: Gibson (54’), Zuvela (58’), Symons (58’)
Unused Substitutes: Bouzanis

Brisbane Roar have beaten youth league leading Sydney FC this morning at Goodwin Park, with emerging striker Brandon Borrello netting a first half brace. Brisbane –who put first teamers James Donachie, Diogo Ferreira, Matt Acton and Dimitri Petratos into their starting line-up- started off much faster and got their rewards after 20 minutes. After a scramble in and around the 18 yard box, Petratos got control of the ball and played it to Ferreira who made a run into the box to open the scoring.

Brisbane then doubled their advantage just shy of the half hour when Brandon Borrello cut inside from the left hand side and launched a strike into the top corner, in a goal reminiscent of Yeboah’s from last night. Borrello then proceeded to net a second 10 minutes before halftime as he latched onto a wayward back pass, rounding keeper Pendergrast to net a brace.

Sydney didn’t really seem up for the contest in the opening half, especially once they lost the ball, however they were better in the second half and got their rewards when a long ball thru the middle of the park when captain Jacob Tratt played the ball thru for Mitchell Mallia who rounded Acton to pull one goal back. They then got a second back when a combination of Left Back Jordan Lampard, and central defender Lachlan Jackson gave away a penalty –not sure which-, that Tratt stepped up to dispatch easily to the right of Acton.

Brisbane did however have their chances on the counter attack, the best of which came from some good work down the right hand side from Jaiden Walker and Jai Ingham, which striker Samuel Altundag headed wide. Sydney did hit the post and the crossbar throughout the game, but they couldn’t find the equaliser despite intense pressure towards the end.

Few notes:
-Brisbane played more of a 4-2-3-1 in the first half, in a move which was probably designed to accommodate Petratos into the side. In the second when Hore came on it was back to the usual 4-3-3. It was only a subtle change given they almost always have 1 of the midfield trio pushing forward, however in the first half it was almost solely Petratos with Litfin and Clut sitting more.

– Donachie and Jackson played together in the heart of defence today and struck up a decent understanding. Those in attendance could have witnessed a future Brisbane central defensive partnership. Neither did a lot wrong –penalty aside- and their playing out was decent.

-Petratos played strictly in a #10 role and was involved in a lot of Brisbane’s better movements, getting an assist on the opening goal.
-Diogo Ferreira played at right back for the opening hour, netting a goal and performing his defensive duties reasonably well. He didn’t really do anything however that could earn him more playing time in the first team.

-Borrello really put himself about for the opening 50 minutes of the game before tiring towards the end. He ended up moving out to the left hand side in the second half when Altundag came on and his influence waned from then on.

-Jai Ingham –who has been used solely on the left hand side found himself playing on the right today, and did reasonably well.

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